Kennebunkport Porter | Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Brewed by:
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Maine, United States
federaljacks.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
250
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
16.16%
 
 
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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I disagree with this average score of 76.
This is a pleasant porter, true to the English style and even refreshes after exercise (which for me, is a new use of porters.)
I will agree it Looks and Smells undistinguished. But Taste is solid, roasted malts let the hops come to play. Feel? I rarely give a 4 to a somewhat slight beer; but the carbonation and proper use of hops is a subtle sensation.
While I give myself a 50-50 chance of having this again, that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it its first try.

And something must be said of the value. I paid $1.09 for this at Trader Joe's. (Obviously there is a contract between the two for production and distribution.) But this is a great deal. Hence, the high Overall rating.

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Photo of FBarber
2.87/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Miami66
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.94/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Minimal head creation, barely a finger tall of tan color that does manage to dissolve to a nice top. Thick collar, no lacing, quite almost white in color resting on a fairly clear if very dark walnut brown body.

Very closed nose. Aroma is almost flour and parched dryness, no sense of sweetness, malt, roast, char, anything really. Smells quite clean, maybe even a bit wet and watery. Nothing offensive or offputting though either.

Palate plays it pretty basic and safe. Mid palate has simple porter body if a tiny bit watery. Strangely though its extremely neutral in the middle with virtually nothing going on. Aftertaste and finish seems to be where all the flavor is. Large amounts of bitter char, and a bit of astringency on the bitterness side. Finishes clean with a roast that is very accented by bitterness. Slightly ashen as well.

A pretty neutral tasting porter, but has quite a bit of bitterness to it, but at least doesn't come off as undrinkable.

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Photo of Samputnam14
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Burt
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thoglund
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerlover
2.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OldSwampy
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass. No date, so how am I supposed to know if it's fresh? Dark brown beer, some translucence - like dark cola. Tan head. Nose also a bit like a dry cola. Taste is fairly weak, somewhat watery up front, then some thin caramel and perhaps other malts emerge. Mouthfeel a little sudsy before fading. Mild hops taste & aftertaste, but also a little metallic thing going on. Like some others who've reviewed this, I picked this up at a Trader Joe's (in Virginia).

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Guppy314
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark brown with a tan head, which is this beer's best quality. I've rated eight other Porters recently and this is by far the least satisfying. Malty flavor, yes, but also distracting cocoa with a slight metallic aftertastes … a nearly perfectly designed, buzzkill. Sad.

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Photo of clager
2.69/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Chip_and_ales_1
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Porters are not a common style in NH grocery stores and shops that don't specialize in craft beers, so when I found the KBC porter in Trader Joe's, I decided to try it. My impression was that it had hints of root beer and cola, but with coffee overtones, not too hoppy. The soda analogy makes it sound sweet, but don't take tat too far -- it wasn't sweet at all. Instead it was refreshing. (RedHook once made an experimental porter that was even more cola-like, but that's another review for another day. ) The beer is a clear dark brown that poured with a foamy head and some clumps of foam on the side of the glass. The aroma was herbal (root beer and cola again). The beer was a little watery, but it still worked for me. With 5.9% ABV, it's not qujite a session beer, but you could drink a few of these without being overwhelmed. The aftertaste was herbal, followed by coffee and slight cocoa. I'll drink some different porters next, but I'd come back to this one on a summer day.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark chocolate black with a tan foam. Large bubbles with medium to low retention. Some sticky lacing. Smells of dried twigs grass coffee chocolate and a touch of graphite. Taste is similar to the smell but on the more bitter side. The chocolate goes bittersweet and coffee notes become more prominent along with a dark charred toffee. The beer leaves a grassy aftertaste. Also there is a fair amount of herbal dryness. Overall, a nice easy porter. Nothing special but not bad for an everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illpass78
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with some garnet edges. Almost no head.

Aroma: Pretty faint. Some roasted malt, some tasty oats.

Taste: Kind of a dull porter. Follows the nose, without much in the way of big flavors. Gets a little more interesting as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Too watery for a porter.

Overall: Forgettable. Cheap, but it shows.

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Photo of Joe_recker
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

There's just something off about this beer.
Looks somewhat normal, light head but color and body looks fine. However it smells very sweet for a porter, with little to no roasted qualities. It drinks, once again, very very sweet, but in an off way. I can't really put my finger on it but something is off in the finish, there's a weird flavor to this one, like raw malt that went bad and fermented in your cupboard kind of off.
It also finishes dry, but not in a good way. Like a straight over hopped astrigent way, like somebody added chalk to it. No balance at all in this beer.

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
3.28 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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